Cicero. Selected Letters by Cicero, P.G. Walsh (Editor and translator)

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To pronounce the man who had saved the Senate from massacre, the city from arson, and Italy from war as deserving of the same punishment as, with the unanimity of all honourable men, the Senate had imposed on those who had sought to set fire to the city, to slaughter the magistrates and senators, and to unleash the most dreadful war! So I took my stand against your brother Metellus face to face, for in the Senate on  January I disputed with him about the political situation so vehemently that he realized that he would do battle against a brave and unshakeable man.

I have never passed any judgement in the Senate against your brother. Whenever such proposals against him were made, I remained seated, associating myself with those who seemed to me to advocate the most lenient course. Let me further say that while it was not expected that I should be concerned to secure his acquittal, I was not averse to it, and I furthered that outcome as best I could because he was your brother, so that he should be lent a helping hand by a senatorial decree. So I did not assail your brother, but defended myself against him.

Whenever such proposals against him were made, I remained seated, associating myself with those who seemed to me to advocate the most lenient course. Let me further say that while it was not expected that I should be concerned to secure his acquittal, I was not averse to it, and I furthered that outcome as best I could because he was your brother, so that he should be lent a helping hand by a senatorial decree. So I did not assail your brother, but defended myself against him. I was not, as you write, fickle in your regard, but I remained constant in my cordial feelings towards you, even when I lost your Letter   kindly support.

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